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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 11:47:44


By Roshan Chachane,

RAIPUR,

Jan 12,

With the introduction of new vehicles and modern fire fighting equipments, ailing Fire Brigade Department of the Capital city will see a major boost in the next couple of years. The dwindling efficacy of Fire Brigade became subject of extreme scrutiny and vilification when four people were charred to death in a fire broke in Tulsi lodge on April 10, 2017 and followed by another blaze in the commercial establishments of Ravi Bhawan.

Just a year ago on November 4, 2015, Chhattisgarh Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had decided to establish Fire and Emergency Services and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF). The responsibility of Fire Brigade and Disaster Management was transferred to Home Guard Department from Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC). Considering growing urbanization, it was need of the hour to unify the fire brigade and disaster management under a centralized system.

A dire need was felt for a major overhaul as it was revealed that most of the fire trucks with the Brigade were 19 to 20-years-old. Moreover, the firemen were found ill-equipped to carryout rescue work in a dark smoke-filled building.‘The Hitavada’, in a bid to find what changes are on anvil after the process of transfer of Fire Brigade Department to Home Guard Department was completed in 2017, contacted the officer at the helm of the affairs.

Home Guard Director General Giridhari told the newspaper that the Department is going to purchase big numbers of fire fighting vehicles and tools along with setting up new Fire Brigade Stations in 11 cities and towns in near future. These new fire stations, in first phase, are coming up at Durg, Bilaspur, Ambikapur, Jagdalpur and Rajnandgaon whereas the two new stations will be set up in Raipur at Motibagh and Kota. The one at Motibagh is expected to be commissioned by March of this year, but the Kota Station can take some time due to shortage of sufficient numbers of fire trucks. Motibagh station will house three fire engines.
Most importantly, Department is in the process to acquire 3 of 4 Foam Tenders, 2 Multi-Purpose tenders, 8 Mini Fire Tenders, 2 Water Dousers, 6 Mini water mist and 12 fire-fighting motorbikes.

Total strength of the SDRF is 234, out of which 97 personnel have been trained in deep diving in Bay of Bengal. They were trained to dive up to the depth of 70 metres. As the Fire Brigade will march into the future, it will also do away with the baggage of the past i.e. the 9 obsolete and defunct fire trucks collecting rust and dust at the Tikrapara Fire Station. An auction will be held to dispose of these vehicles and then a fresh request will be made to Government for their replacements.